The Major

Requirements for the Major

Starting from Spring 2017, follow this link to declare Peace and Justice major or minor. 

The major and the concentration should be designed in consultation with the program director.

Students entering before Fall 2014 are expected to complete nine (9) units of coursework.

Students entering in Fall 2014 or later are expected to complete nine and one-half (9.5) units of coursework.

The major consists of the following:

1. Five required courses:

  • PEAC 104 Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace
  • PEAC 204 Conflict Transformation in Theory and Practice
  • PEAC 259 Topics in Peace and Justice Studies
  • PEAC 304 Senior Seminar in Peace and Justice Studies
  • PEAC 250H Research or Individual Study (experiential component for students entering in Fall 2014 or later)

2. One of the following courses. (Students will generally need to fulfill prerequisites for these courses if required.)

  • ECON 222 Games of Strategy
  • ECON 243 The Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class
  • HIST 206 From Conquest to Revolution: A History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 263 South Africa in Historical Perspective
  • PEAC205 Gender, War and Peacebuilding
  • PHIL 236 Introduction to Global Justice
  • POL1 331 Seminar: Political Organizing: People, Power, and Change
  • POL2 204 Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
  • REL 257 Contemplation and Action
  • SOC 202 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SOC 209 Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • SOC 221 Globalization: Around the World in Fourteen Weeks

3. Four courses above the 100 level in an area of concentration including at least one at the 300 level. Students must elect a concentration in consultation with the program directors and a faculty member knowledgeable in the area of concentration, and demonstrate the intellectual coherence of the concentration.

4. Students majoring in Peace and Justice Studies are expected to include an experiential education component in their course of study. This component is intended to provide students with experience that complements and extends their theoretical learning in the classroom and to provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply knowledge, skills and peacemaking principles to concrete situations. It should be discussed with the program director and may include Wintersession, summer or yearlong internships, course-related experiential education programs, or community service projects.

Students entering before Fall 2014 are expected to maintain a journal noting hours spent, observations, and reflections, with particular emphasis on peace studies concepts. They must also complete the reflection portion of the major declaration form.

Students entering in Fall 2014 or later are required to complete a one-half unit individual study (PEAC 250H) culminating in a reflective essay on the experiential education program undertaken.


The only route to honors in the major is writing a thesis and passing an oral examination. To be admitted to the thesis program, students must have a 3.5 GPA in courses above the 100-level that are listed on their major declaration form.  If the GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.5, the program may petition CCAP on the student’s behalf, if it supports the student’s honors work.  Click here for Peace and Justice Honors Guidelines.